Wednesday, March 6, 2013

New Release Reviews For IDW Publishing, for 6 March, 2013

Welcome back to another New Release Reviews for IDW Publishing. It's kind of a slow week but there's plenty to satiate you fans of Robots In Disguise, as well as for all of you Bronies out there. As always … titles are scored on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the very best possible. We take the time to read these books so your time isn't wasted.

Transformers Spotlight : Bumblebee - One Shot

This was an alright story that did a bit to showcase this fan-favorite character, even if it didn't add much to him. And, it did even less to expand the greater universe. Not much has changed in that no one seems to respect him as a leader, even though he makes hard decisions regularly, whereas everyone else seems to make easy decisions.

It's fun to see this character stay true to himself, no matter the circumstances. He continues to fight the odds, no matter the outcome. The interior artwork is adequate. And the covers are solid, though they tend to focus more on the warrior side of the character. Perhaps that's what the creators believe this needs to get through to the fans.

Score: 6.5 out of 10

My Little Pony - Issue 4

An adult male friend of mine, who works at the local comic book shop, continues to disturb me given embracing the Broney life-style. But because our friendship is magic, I'll cut him some slack. These comics are fun and have simple morality lessons wrapped around basic story-points involving courage and honesty.

At the same time, the creators have put together something fun and not scary for younger readers. Even the characters of this seemingly one-note story are nuanced and consistent.

It seems like there were only twelve different covers so they seem to be slipping. Still, most were excellent in quality and there is a general mirth mixed with older levels of sophistication. They're meaningful on many levels. The interior artwork is of a similar quality and deserve credit. The Escher homage was particularly clever.

Score: 8 out of 10

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero - Issue 188

Initial thoughts were admiration as a brand new story is set-up, introduced, and explained in barely two pages. Kudos to the creative team for their economy in this portion. All that good-will is lost as this issue's story doesn't resolve itself in one issue. The fighting is exciting but it seems to be dragging on a lot longer than needed. And it's unbelievable that the ship they're on could still be afloat with all the explosions.

There are consequences in this universe, even if this bunch of Joes continue to survive. Recent arcs have shown casualties and that's appreciated. There's even an appearance to a supporting character not seen in ages. The issue has a solid cover that is dramatic with fine detail. The interior artwork is adequate.

 Score: 7.5 out of 10

Transformers : More Than Meets The Eye - Issue 14

This series suffers from ambition. An enormous cast of character flung across space and a story that jumps back and forth in time makes this a series that demands regular attention.  At no point is it obviously clear which character is which and where they arrived in the story. This is just an extremely alien story-line that readers will either get or not get.

The best part of this issue was the prologue which was flat but became very interesting. Then, the subject just vanished. There was no pay-off in the rest of the story. The second best part of the story was the mental battle and how one character slowly lost control during it. The dialogue, overall, is pretty good. the artwork would be better if the coloring was a bit more dynamic. The covers are angry and dramatic.

Score: 6.5 out of 10

Not a bad week, at all. Still, not much in the way of must-haves. Who knows, maybe next week will knock it out of the park. Until then, keep working on those Cutie Marks.